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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

December 1, 2004

Josh Lamberson and Troy Tysdahl Tabbed Academic All-America by CoSIDA

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University football junior quarterback Josh Lamberson (Wilber, Neb.) and senior linebacker Troy Tysdahl (Hubbard, Iowa) were selected to the 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division First Team, as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today. Lamberson was tabbed as the lone quarterback on the first team while Tysdahl was one of three linebackers recognized. ESPN The Magazine is in its first year as the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Academic All-America program.

Lamberson, who is a 4.00 corporate recreation major, is only one of nine 4.00 honorees in a total pool of 48 student-athletes. Tysdahl is a social science secondary education major with a 3.93 grade point average.

Despite playing in eight of 13 games due to a hip injury suffered Oct. 16 versus Missouri Western, Lamberson was the nation's top passer at the time of his setback in efficiency (192.5) and 20th in total offense (261.6). The 2004 Second Team Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
(MIAA) selection compiled 1,759 yards on 121-of-168 attempts for a 72.0 completion percentage. He moved to No. 7 on the Northwest career passing charts as he sits with 3,599 yards. His 19 season passing TDs is good for the sixth spot on the Northwest single season list. Overall, he ranks in the top
10 in six Northwest career categories including first among signal callers in completion percentage with a 64.9 mark (251/387).

A 2003 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-District selection, Lamberson had a career day against Missouri Southern (Oct. 9) with a personal-high 345 yards of total offense. His 317 passing yards against the Lions were his second highest total in his career. Lamberson tossed at least two touchdown
passes in his first seven games this season before getting injured in the eighth contest.

Tysdahl, who notched his team-best third blocked kick of the season on a PAT attempt vs. Pittsburg State (Nov. 27), ended the year with 73 total tackles, good for third on the club and tied for the team-lead with 43 solo tackles. He also posted 11.5 tackles-for-a-loss (TFL's), 2.0 sacks, seven passes defended, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery. A 2003 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-District pick, Tysdahl notched 188 career tackles and his 31.5 TFL's ranks him third on the school charts. Among his conference peers, Tysdahl was a First Team MIAA choice at linebacker this season.

The last Northwest CoSIDA First Team All-America pick was Darryl Ridley in 2003.

For a complete listing of all the awards, please visit The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. CoSIDA, the voting body of the All-America
teams, is comprised of a 2,000-member organization of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. To be eligible for All-America status, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

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